welcomeIt is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Meditation is at the heart of all programs offered at the Shambhala Center. Slow down, take a breath, and develop more appreciation for yourself and the world.

What to Expect at the Shambhala Center

The Shambhala Center welcomes you to a range of programs and events, including:

  • Contemplative weekend/evening classes and meditation retreats
  • Individual instruction in meditation by trained and authorized meditation instructors
  • Local Community Enrichment events
  • Open Sitting meditation session on Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
  • Café Shambhala every Saturday, 10 AM – Noon
  • Many opportunities to volunteer your energy and inspiration

Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery

The Shambhala Center of Lexington is delighted to provide a home for the contemplative arts. This includes visual arts, music, poetry and movement.

Andrew Wilder’s concert on YouTube


Our Gallery venue
Michelle Hayden’s Gallery Hop show,
January-Feb. 16 2019

Featured Programs

Yoga: Moving into Stillness

with Lance Brunner

February 7th—February 28th

Deepening Compassion: Part One - the Four Limitless Ones

February 10th—April 21st

A Year of Deepening in Compassion: Part One Continue »

Profound Kindness Retreat - Weeklong

with Acharya Susan Chapman & Mary Sehlinger

February 16th—February 22nd

What the World Needs Now: Profound Kindness Weekthun Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

February 18th—December 12th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Poetry as Contemplative Practice

with Lance Brunner

February 23rd

Calling all poetry lovers!!! Continue »

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →


Just starting to meditate?

A simple way to begin is to attend our Tuesday night or Saturday morning sitting meditation sessions. On Tuesday night, there is open meditation from 7 – 8:30 pm, and there is always an instructor available to provide initial meditation instruction. More →

Do you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?

Several of our members do, and have formed a practice group. It meets weekly on Tuesday nights. For more information, see our Cincinnati Group page.

Sangha Members – For information and help in dealing with current events in Shambhala, please see our Current Events page.

Recent News

  • Morning Yoga class coming! Free!

    Lance Brunner will be teaching a yoga class on four Thursday mornings, 7:30-8:45, starting on February 7. This class is free, but donations are always cheerfully accepted!